May 12, 2012
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28 Week Bump Report
How far along: 28 weeks (technically, 28 weeks and 3 days today).

How big is the baby: Our baby girl weighs approximately 2.4 pounds and is a little under 15 inches from head to heel. If we’re talking fruits and veggies, she’s about the size of an eggplant.

Total weight gain: Since my last bump report at 26 weeks, I’ve gained another 3 lbs for a total of 15 lbs since the start of my pregnancy.

Sleep: Other than when I’m away from home (as I was last weekend), I sleep pretty well…unless I start thinking about all the things I need to accomplish over the next few weeks. The other night, I woke up at 2 am and couldn’t go back to sleep until 4 am. After tossing and turning for 30 minutes, I went downstairs to read Mockingjay (the third book in the Hunger Games series). My husband didn’t even notice I was gone. I have a feeling it’s only going downhill from here…and that I’m getting some practice for when our little girl arrives. At that point, I may be asking “what’s sleep?”

Maternity Clothes: It’s mildly depressing to see all the cute new spring dresses out right now. A few weeks ago, I was still managing to look cute in them. Now, with the way so many of them are cut, it looks like I’m wearing a tent. I don’t really need to spend my money on maternity clothes anyways. Instead, I’ll start thinking about nursing bras and tops. Suggestions?  

Best moments of the week (past two weeks):
  1. We finally put the crib up…just after I complained about our lack of progress. It is beautiful. There is still plenty more to do (retrieve bedding from seamstress, hang curtain valance, pick up chair and ottoman, move changing table upstairs, hang artwork, etc), but we’ll get there over the next couple of weeks.
  2. Our first baby shower! I posted a few pictures yesterday, but it really was wonderful and I’m looking forward to having a couple more. Actually, there’s part of me that wishes I could already have my showers…but only because it’d give me a better idea of what I need to purchase, and I’d spend less time thinking about stuff at night. Patience is not one of my best qualities. 
  3. I met up with Sarah Halstead on Tuesday night for some early maternity photos since she was in town this past week. She was originally going to take them in late July, but we were worried that she might miss it (if I went into labor a couple of weeks early) or that I’d be hot, sweaty and swollen (okay, that was just my concern). Actually, she took my bump photo this week (one day early – taken at the end of our day…thus the lack of a smiling face) and she posted several of her favorites to her Facebook page: click HERE. I’ll probably share some of these same photos here next Saturday (maybe a few extras…we’ll see). I should also mention that I’m meeting up with Casey Martinez in a few weeks for another round of maternity photos. It’s so nice to have photography friends nearby who want to take pictures of me.
  4. Finally, I’m getting to spend some time with my mom this weekend. The closer I get to my due date, the more I find that I want to talk to my mom…whether I’m asking her a question about decorations or what I should expect at a certain month – she’s my best resource!

Food cravings: I still haven’t had any major cravings – I essentially eat what I have always eaten. However, earlier this week, I did want a Jimmy Johns sub. I try to avoid cold deli meat, but I don’t think one sandwich will hurt.

Food aversions: Nothing new.

  • Still some circulation issues. Drinking water is helping though. 
  • Still heartburn. But not as frequent (although still quite painful). I haven’t had to take Zantac as often as I was prepared to take it – which is a good thing. 
  • Belly button really wants to be an outtie. I think Elena called it the Napoleon complex. Either way, I feel like it’s going to pop in the next week or two. I wonder if it’ll make a ding noise when it’s done…easy bake oven style?

Exercise:  Still doing my thing…aiming for 5 days a week, but happy if I am there 3-4 days a week. I’m spending more time in cardio and stretching.

Movement: Still moving a lot – I’m wondering if and when she’ll decided to get into ready position. Assuming she’s not breach, I’ll be enjoying swift kicks to my ribcage.

Gender: Girl! 

What I’m looking forward to: a mini beach vacation. My husband says I’m in desperate need of some color. I guess vampire white is out. I’m also looking forward to the start of our “Preparing for Childbirth” classes that start up on May 24th. My husband is really looking forward to them as he will finally feel as though he can do something…ya know, other than move things around for me.

What I miss: Speed. I get slower by the day. My office parking lot feels like it’s miles away (in fact, I have parked in visitor parking a couple of times just to avoid the long walk) and my husband is trying really hard not to be impatient with me as I try to accomplish everyday tasks. Yes, I’m slow but I’m still capable. 

Next Appointment: May 18th for my regularly scheduled appointment and May 21st for my 3D/4D ultrasound!

    I love your 28 week bump. And I hear ya on the speed thing. Who knew it could take SO LONG to accomplish the simplest thing?? Even showers became annoying because they took forever!

    You look amazing for 28 weeks! Glad you had a good week. Guess the slow speed explains the special “pregnancy parking” spots by many of the baby stores out here.

    The slow walking cracks me up! I remember that quite well…by the end I was in total sloth mode! :) Can’t believe you’re 28 weeks already!! YAY!!

    As a mom of 3 kids, I gotta say I have never purchased a nursing top. Ever. Good low cut shirts (but not too low) do the job or just use a hooter hider. However, I do love nursing tanks to wear under my clothes. They tend to hide the stretched out skin postpartum. And…nursing pads with lanolin built in are AWESOME!!!!!

    I’m SO excited for you!!!!! :)

    I agree with Mama Monkey. Nursing tops just wind up a little stretched out and don’t really do anything that you can do with a scoop neck or v-neck shirt. Also, on days when I wear a shirt that’s cut a little higher (meaning I can’t pull the shirt down below my bra), I just wear a spaghetti strap or tank top underneath my shirt so I can lift the top shirt up and no one has to see the postpartum belly.

    This might sound a little confusing. Just ask another nursing mama to show you in person. :)

    Excited to see all the wonderful pictures you’re going to take of your little girl!

    You and your bump looks great together! :-)

    You are looking so beautiful! Love the creative photography! Just keep doing what you are doing and try not to worry so much. You will be fine, and everything will happen in due time!

    You’re looking gorgeous!! I remember getting to this stage and everything seemed to take forever for me to get done. I’m also with Mama Monkey. I bought the nursing tops, but they weren’t really that great. Low cut shirts were definitely the ones I grabbed for everyday nursing. Nursing pads are great too, though I recommend Lily Padz for those. They seemed to form a really good seal that prevented leaking. You just have to wash them so they retain their stickiness.
    I’m so excited for you that things are going so well!

    You look great!!

    Love your dress!

    aw, you’re such a beautiful mommy! :)

    Looking good girl!

    I agree with others, I always find it easy to wear a spagetti strap tank under whatever I am wearing. Then I just pull that down, and the shirt up. No bare belly, which is nice.

    Although you can not do this with dresses haha.

    I feel you on the slow thing. I am just starting to have a hard time rolling out of bed, and my 2 year old can easily out walk me (which I am sure she enjoys!).

    You’re looking great! I love that dress on you. The pictures are so cute! Glad you had fun at your baby shower :)

    aww – look how beautiful you look!

    Yay for 28 weeks. So adorable! :) So glad I got to hang out and take some photos for you. Enjoy your weekend with your mom!

    You look great!!!

    I can totally relate to the sleep issue! I guess it just prepares us for when baby gets here!!

    I love the photos Sarah has taken of you lately. You look great!

    I can so remember slowing down at this stage. My legs felt like bricks.

    Enjoyed your report!

    Looking beautiful!

    Oh my goodness, you look amazing Ashley! x

    What a beautiful photo Ashley- love your creativity.

    You look absolutely radiant!!!!!

    That bump is beautiful… and so are you! You look great.

    Hmm, I guess I’m the only one who liked the nursing tops. Was never much of a fan of the regular nursing bras, but the camisole nursing tops were awesome for me. Target sells them and I highly recommend them! They are very supportive too.

    You look wonderful!

    happy 28 weeks! Such an awesome photo!

    You’re just absolutely adorable! I love your belly! I love you and I cannot wait to see your little baby girl! I know I don’t comment often, but I read all your updates. Things are pretty busy here.

    You know how people say that you should enjoy this time? Well, i am not going to say enjoy, because having the baby on the outside is WAAAAAAAAY better than on the inside, but DO get EVERYTHING done before the baby arrives. As in prepare your closets for nursing ( clear them off high cut necks), organize them, get everything done you’d want done after the baby .comes